Word around the office is that we have added a new feature to our API platform. Not being a real techie, I decided to quiz our CTO, AJ Holloway, about this new feature. Here’s what I learned!
Jason Wiseman: Ok, so everyone’s talking about this new “EasySwitch XML” – what can you tell me about it?
AJ Holloway: Of course! Our EasySwitch XML platform allows our customers to dictate an XML format in which they’d like to receive their data instead of us prescribing one which their development team will have to re-code for.
Jason: I’m sorry, what? I honestly have no idea what any of that means. I don’t even know what XML is. Let’s back up a bit here…
AJ: Haha, my apologies! The basic idea of an “API” is that it allows our customers to plug our data directly into their products. Our gasoline in their engines, if you will. “XML” is just the format that we deliver it to our customers in. In any normal situation, our customers will program their products and tools to request data from our system. Our system will then send back the results and their system can use the data as if it was in-house. Does that make sense?